Former Chelsea winger Joe Cole says that he has ambitions to become a manager, with his ultimate aim being to become the boss at West Ham or Chelsea.
Cole came through the ranks at West Ham, joining them when he was just nine-years-old. He went on to make 150 appearances for the Hammers, before leaving to join Chelsea in 2003. He later re-joined the club ten years later after being released from Liverpool.
The 36-year-old hasn’t hung up his boots just yet as he is still playing in America for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, but speaking to FourFourTwo, he said he’d already begun working on his coaching badges.
My long-term plans are to coach or manage – I am doing my A License and really enjoying that side of things.
When asked if he’d like to manage Chelsea or West Ham, Cole replied:
They would be dream jobs for a lot of people, but I’ve got plenty of steps to take before I get anywhere near that level. I’m gaining experience and don’t know where I’ll end up just yet. There are hundreds of roles within a football club, from director of football down to academy roles. But for every player if you love football, you’d love to be manager of England, Chelsea or West Ham.